Clyde Engineering was an Australian manufacturer of locomotives, rolling stock, and other industrial products.
Clyde Engineering Builder's plate
|Traded as||ASX: CLY|
|Successor||Evans Deakin Industries (1996-2001)|
Downer Rail (2001-)
|Defunct||15 July 1996|
Number of locations
|Subsidiaries||Martin & King|
It was founded in September 1898 by a syndicate of Sydney businessmen buying the Granville factory of timber merchants Hudson Brothers. The company won contracts for railway rolling stock, a sewerage system, trams and agricultural machinery. In 1907 it won its first contract for steam locomotives for the New South Wales Government Railways. By 1923 it had 2,200 employees. After contracting during the depression it became a major supplier of munitions during World War II.
In 1950 it was awarded the first of many contracts for diesel locomotives by the Commonwealth Railways after it was appointed the Australian licensee for Electro-Motive Diesel products. Apart from building locomotives and rolling stock, Clyde Engineering diversified into telephone and industrial electronic equipment, machine tools, domestic aluminium ware, road making and earth making equipment, hydraulic pumps, product finishing equipment, filtration systems, boilers, power stations and firing equipment, car batteries, hoists and cranes, door and curtain tracks and motor vehicle distribution.
Amongst the classes of locomotives built by Clyde Engineering were:
New South Wales
- 10 740 class Granville
- 20 Q class Granville
Commonwealth Railways / Australian National
New South Wales
- 26 B class Granville
- 18 S class Granville
- 94 T class Granville
- 75 Y class Granville
- 24 X class Granville / Rosewater
- 10 C class Rosewater
- 33 G class Rosewater / Somerton
- 11 A class (rebuilt from B class) Rosewater
- 13 P class (rebuilt from T class) Somerton
- 25 N class Somerton
- 5 H class (Modified T class) Granville
- 13 1400 class Granville
- 10 1450 class Granville
- 42 1460 class Granville
- 29 1502 class Granville
- 27 1550 class Eagle Farm
- 12 1700 class Eagle Farm
- 56 1720 class Eagle Farm
- 27 2100 class Eagle Farm
- 11 2130 class Eagle Farm
- 8 2141 class Eagle Farm
- 14 2150 class Eagle Farm
- 45 2170 class Eagle Farm
- 24 2400 class Eagle Farm
- 18 2450 class Eagle Farm
- 38 2470 class Eagle Farm
- DA class NO's 1430-1439, Phase II variant of the class. Featured longer-than-standard chassis to accommodate a larger fuel tank than the earlier Phase I (1955) variant.
- DBR class rebuilt from Canadian-built DB class in 1980-1982.
- DC class rebuilt from Canadian-built Phase III DA class locomotives from 1978 to 1981.
- 22 3300/3400 class Kelso / Somerton
- 50 3000 class railcars Somerton
Electric multiple units
New South Wales
New South Wales
Other non rail related products
- Lawnmowers and lead batteries - 1930s
- Servicing aircraft, naval vessels
- Mining equipment
- Automobile parts and accessories
- Bus bodies
- Structural steel (e.g. trusses for the Peats Ferry Bridge
- Air cargo
- Filtration Systems (e.g. fume hoods, dust extractors, air filters)
- Roller Doors
- Materials Handling Equipment
- Automobile Assembly Paint Lines
- Granville closed 1973:275
- Kelso opened early 1970s,:370 closed before 2014
- Eagle Farm closed 1995
- Rosewater opened 1974, closed April 1986
- Forrestfield established in 1997 to assemble the Westrail Q and S classes, closed 1998
Non rail products
- Woodville North - Clyde Apac Industries (Air filtration systems, Lemcol materials handling systems, Selson air jacks)
- Revesby - B&D roller door systems
- Port Kembla - Clyde Carruthers
- "Clyde publishes company history". Railway Digest: 455. December 1992.
- Downer & Electro-Motive Diesel Sign New Agreement Archived 7 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Downer EDi 26 June 2012
- "Clyde Industries door handle, 1972 - 1996". Powerhouse Museum.
- Clyde Industries Limited delisted.com.au
- "EDI Wins Clyde Takeover Battle" Railway Digest September 1996 page 10
- Evans Deakin Industries Limited delisted.com.au
- Annual Report 30 June 2001 Archived 6 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Downer EDI
- "Peats Ferry Road Bridge over Hawkesbury River". Heritage and conservation register, Roads & Maritime Services. Government of New South Wales. 15 August 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
- Oberg, Leon (1984). Locomotives of Australia 1850s-1980s. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. ISBN 0 730100 05 7.
- Oberg, Leon (2007). Locomotives of Australia. Sydney: Rosenberg Publishing. ISBN 9781877058547.
- Carol, Jacinta. "Former Downer EDI site sells". Western Advocate. Fairfax. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
- "Clyde Engineering's Brisbane (Eagle Farm) Plant Closes". Railway Digest: 16. May 1995.
- "Clyde Set to Lease Mittagong Factory" Railway Digest June 1993 page 221